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  • Change the World Bank needs

    Few people on the street may be familiar with the World Bank. Yet, it plays a critical role in the U.S. effort to engage the world through its contribution to economic development in poor and post-conflict societies. As current World Bank President...
  • Learning from the best: Father-son businesses share secrets to success

    Learning from the best: Father-son businesses share secrets to success
    Sons learn from their fathers. Whether it’s how to throw a ball, ride a bike, shave or tie a tie, the lessons fathers teach can last a lifetime. But how do those lessons change when a son joins his father in business? Howard Magazine talked with...
  • Study sounds alarm on healers' health risks

    Study sounds alarm on healers' health risks
    In laparoscopic surgery, gall bladders are removed, stomachs are constricted and tumors are excised through small incisions that mean less pain and shorter hospital stays. But while the patients are benefiting, the procedures are causing injuries in...
  • Officials urge taking precautions against return of West Nile virus

    While SARS dominated public attention during the past weeks, the discovery in March of a dead blue jay and two dead sparrows in Louisiana signaled the reawakening of another looming public health threat - West Nile virus. The mosquito-borne illness swept...
  • Cruelest mystery: death before life

    That chilly night in late October, the delivery room was so quiet. The doctor wrapped the 8-pound, 21-inch newborn girl in a pink-and-blue striped cotton blanket, pulled a matching cap over her brown hair and gently passed her to her mother. Margarete...
  • Getting to Alzheimer's roots

    The end for the Alzheimer's patient is a horror: The person is mute, bedridden, adrift from the thoughts and feelings that make up a life. The brain undergoes an equally disturbing transformation, shrunken by as much as half, mottled all over with...
  • Men such as Robin Williams face higher risk of suicide

    If you tried to create a profile of someone at high risk of committing suicide, one likely example would look like this: A middle-aged or older white male toward the end of a successful career, who suffers from a serious medical problem as well as chronic...
  • What should you do for a depressed loved one who refuses help?

    Q: My mother is severely depressed, but she refuses to see her doctor or get professional help. I'm afraid she will hurt herself if I leave her alone. What can I do? A: First, some thoughts about on what might be preventing your mother from seeking help....
  • The 'heartbreak of psoriasis' may affect our joints, heart and mind

    Harvard Health Blog Raised, red patches covered with silvery scales on the elbows and knees are the classic sign of plaque psoriasis. This is the most common form of this skin disease, named after an ancient Greek word meaning an itchy or scaly...
  • Robotic prostate removal tied to surgical changes, costs

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – The introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer may have led to changes in the number of surgeons performing prostate removals and in the overall cost, according to a new study. With the technology being used...
  • Hollywood's relationship myths can wreak havoc on real-life romance

     Hollywood's relationship myths can wreak havoc on real-life romance
    The plots of romance movies are fairly predictable: Two romantically challenged characters will meet, realize they're destined to be together, encounter a series of problems meant to separate them, but by the end they'll be wrapped in each other's arms....
  • Ancient birds traded umami for sweet, leading to today's hummingbirds

    Ancient birds traded umami for sweet, leading to today's hummingbirds
    Hummingbirds don't have teeth, and yet they have quite a sweet tooth. They eat insects to get such essentials as protein and fat, but most of their diet consists of sugary nectar. This has puzzled scientists. Humans and other animals who prefer sweet...